Pakistan would intensify campaign to highlight Indian brutalities in Kashmir: Aziz

Pakistan would intensify campaign to highlight Indian brutalities in Kashmir: Aziz

US officials say they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, after the review the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, due in mid-July, where some 8,800 USA troops remain to support the Western-backed government.

The visit came as President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to unveil its new Afghan war strategy later this month amid allegations sanctuaries on Pakistani soil are helping the Taliban sustain and intensify the insurgency.

A five-member USA delegation, headed by McCain, held talks with a Pakistani delegation led by the country's foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, said Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria.

Talking about the use of force in Kashmir, he is quoted to have said "India has failed to suppress the voice of Kashmiris through use of force and brutal human rights violations" nad added "Kashmir is a disputed territory and the issue can only be resolved through composite dialogue".

Pakistan last week also reacted sharply when the U.S. State Department on June 26 designated as a terrorist Syed Salahuddin, leader of the largest Kashmiri militant group fighting against Indian rule, accusing the U.S. of acquiescing to the wishes of visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Other members of the delegation included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The joint statement issued after the Trump-Modi visit gave the impression as if the USA has chose to depart from its traditional position on Kashmir.

McCain said peace and stability in Afghanistan was not possible without Pakistan's help.

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"He said that continued engagement with Pakistan, a close friend and ally of the U.S., was important, it said".

He also asked how Afghan Taliban could join the peace process.

John McCain has assured to regularly visit Pakistan to strengthen ties between both the countries.

Washington has long considered Kashmir as a dispute between Pakistan and India and in the past avoided taking sides while urging the two nuclear-armed neighbours to resolve the issue bilaterally.

Chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain said on Sunday that Pakistan plays a significant role in the establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Pakistan looked forward to constructive engagement with the United States on all efforts and initiatives that would lead to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan was also ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with the United States to counter the new and emerging terrorism threats including the expanding footprint of ISIS in the region.

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